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Aurora Boeing 707 Jetliner TWA, 1/104, 382-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Dated 1959 with the 'Famous Fighters' style 'Hobby Kits' logo. First issue for the TWA 707. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note, the actual decal transfers are 100% complete, but there is bug damage to some of the backing paper only.

Revell Su-25 Frogfoot - USSR or Czech, 1/72, 4071

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$14   

Finely molded and detailed. Features all very fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, air inlets and gear wells, optional position air brakes, AS-7 Missiles, AA-8 Missiles, iron bombs and rocket pods. The model has never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Revell Martin PBM-5 Mariner Famous Aircraft Series, 1/118, H175-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$40   

Hardbox issue copyright dated 1960. Purchased new on July 27, 1966 at S.S. Kresge in Cleveland, Ohio. Dramatic and colorful artwork has made the 'Famous Aircraft Series' a favorite among collectors. Dramatic signed artwork is also a '...Picture Box Top For You To Frame!' Molded in dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Heller Nina Columbus' Exploration Ship, 1/75, 765

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$36   

Early issue from the 1960s. Nicely detailed kit of one of the three ships that Columbus used on his exploration voyage. Large scale model features full hull, complete deck fittings, billowing vacuform sails and full rigging instructions. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes colorful flag sheet and instructions. The sails are in 'excellent' condition.

Airfix HMS Nelson Battleship T2 Issue, 1/600, F403S

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$44   

1950s second logo issue. The box displays as 'near mint' but is graded 'good++' because there are tape tears to the litho on one long and one short side. Like most all Airfix ship kits, it is a full hull model and very finely molded and detailed for that time. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. NOTE: although complete, one yard arm and three secondary gun barrels are cleanly broken off at the base; the broken parts are present, so they can be repaired.

Faller Convair 440 Convairliner Metropolitan - Lufthansa, 1/98, 1440

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$189   

Very rare kit from the 1960s. Large scale (near 1/100) model of the famous Convair airliner, transport and executive taxi. While many 440s were prop-jets, this model depicts the version with two Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800-CB17 engines. Nicely molded an early kit with fine raised rivet detail, optional position passenger rear door, rotating propellers and Lufthansa decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Ideal Santa Maria Precision Miniature Historical Ships, 3756-40

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$10   

Contains Santa Maria that is still factory bag sealed. NOTE: missing Mayflower. Includes instructions.

Aoshima Focke-Wulf FW-189 A-1 Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1/72, G6-502-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$29   

Older issue Aoshima slightly-glossy box kit with very collectible artwork. Inside, the model has never been started and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Nicely molded older kit with operating triple split flaps, ailerons and rotating wheels and props.

Hobby Craft Dornier Do-17Z Flying Pencil - German Luftwaffe or Finland, 1/48, HC1602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$27   

Features engraved panel lines, detailed cockpit, full landing gear and decals for both aircraft. The kit has never been started. Internal factory sealed bags including decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are present but moisture damaged. You will need to provide your own.

DIWI Ilyushin Il-62 Airliner Aeroflot - (ex- Yunyj Tyechinik), 1/125

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$36   

Large model that measures 16.5 inches LOA (length overall) from rudder to nose. DIWI was an export/import firm based in East Germany. In the 1970s they re-boxed a large number of models from Soviet and Soviet controlled countries and exported them. This model is from the 'Yunyj Tyechinik' molds and even includes YT instructions. YT succeeded MZMPI (which was the first kit manufacturer in the USSR) and continued till a new name was introduced in the mid 1970s. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora DC-9 Series 10 Hughes Airwest, 1/72, 386

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

1974 issue with colorful markings for Hughes. Still the only 1/72 scale DC-9. Molded in the correct bright yellow and clear, with the correct large black tripod display base. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$46   

Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and the small parts are still factory bag sealed. With instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Hudson Miniatures 1913 Mercer Raceabout Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$46   

Rare and in investment-grade 'near mint++' condition inside and out. This is old hobby shop stock that has not been sold retail until now. Molded in bright yellow plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to carve and finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels) to the series but did not consider a completely plastic kit. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The Mercer was perhaps the most famous sports car of it's day, and it can be successfully argued that it was America's first sports car. The 30 horsepower 'T' head 4 cylinder engine sped it along at over 80 miles per hour. A 1914 Mercer clocked 112 mph at Daytona Beach - no mean feat for that age.

Revell 1929 4 1/2 Liter Bentley Highway Pioneers - US Antique Series, 1/32, H63-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$48   

Original issue dated 1954 in 'excellent+' condition inside and out. The US Antique series was the first one to have real box art for the exact kit inside. This kit is from old hobby shop stock and has never been sold retail until now; but the box does has light wear as shown. Inside the box, it has not been started. All the parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. Includes instructions. This is from the issues produced with Gowland & Gowland as it carries their 'balloon' logo on the box top a the lower right. Not long after this, the Gowland logo would disappear completely, leaving only the Revell logo. It is also worth noting that this is one of the first non-generic Highway Pioneers boxes. Earlier boxes were all the same, with the kit number and car stamped on the side, usually with a red or black rubber stamp. This box is completely dedicated to the Bentley kit, and even has advertisements for very early Pre-S issue Revell 1954 ship and aircraft kits on the long sides. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, many dedicated modelers built flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s. The phenomenon of the Revell/Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys.

Frog Supermarine Spitfire Mk14 and V-1 - (RAF or SEAC Kai Tak), 1/72, F194

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$29   

Final logo issue from the late 1970s. Well molded kit like most all Frog models. Includes V-1 and Spitfire. Spitfire has optional markings for 'Punjab' Sq RAF Dienst Belgium 1945 or No.132 Sq RAF SEAC Kai Tak Hong Kong 1945. This kit has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Frog is considered the father of injection molded model kits. The Lines Brothers opened Frog in 1932, capitalizing on the fever caused by Lindberg's solo transatlantic flight. Almost overnight the western populations became 'Air-Minded', and anything aviation was in high demand. Frog created a quality line of stick and tissue rubber powered aircraft and gliders as well as innovative ready-to-fly rubber powered aircraft that required no assembly. The box even contained a built-in rubber motor winder and fuselage holder. Model airplane flight competitions were popular in Great Britain, and one category was 'Rise Off the Ground', or ROG. By changing this to 'Flies Right Off the Ground', the FROG name was born. In 1936 Frog created a line of injection molded plastic models, the first such kit line in the world (Hawk sold a line of injection molded aircraft models in 1934 but they were factory assembled and painted). Named 'Penguin' after the bird that does not fly, the kits were innovative beyond the means of production. At a time when models were simply built by wingspan, the Penguin line was a constant 1/72 scale. Furthermore, a large 1/72 Short S.30 Empire class flying boat contained a full interior and lights! A line of accessories such as AA guns, tractors, hanger, ambulance, sound locator, searchlights and lighting kits were quickly added to the line. WWII caused a pause in production. After the war the box color changed from silver to green, and Penguin kits were also marketed in the USA. Production ended in 1950. Frog quickly expanded and released the Red, Blue, Orange, Black, Green, Gold Token, Spin and Comet series as well as Trail Blazers and several others. It is noteworthy that while most manufacturers in the 1940s/50 were making toy-like models, Frog attempted to make very realistic models. For example, 'detailing' kits with excessively large rivets was once very popular. Frog ignored this trend and continued to mold aircraft with fine panel lines and no rivets. As a result, Frog kits can be built into very realistic replicas. Production ended in the late 1970s, but Frog molds are still in use around the world.

Hawk De Havilland Comet IV BOAC with Interior - and Ground Support, 1/153, 507-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$95   

Rare. Great hardbox kit from 1958 with interior and Bill Campbell artwork. The fuselage has a long flip-up panel to show full interior with all seats, bulkheads and even passengers. Also includes detailed landing gear, scale fuel truck, air conditioner truck and airport transport bus as well as full color BOAC decals and Mobilgas decals for the truck. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Tamiya Aichi M6A1 Seiran With Eduard Mask Set XF071, 1/48, 61054-2200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$29   

Includes never used and compete Eduard mask set for the canopies and beaching dolly wheels. The actual kit is very high quality and has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pegasus Ryan FR-1 Fireball - Bagged, 1/72, 2002

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

Early US Navy operational propeller driven + jet engine dual propulsion carrier-based aircraft. Limited run injection molded kit with all very fine recessed panel line detail. Cleanly molded and well detailed. Includes cast metal detail parts and full decals. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Comet Boeing 707 Jetliner 367-80 Dash 80, 1/300, PL16-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

Very rare. Civil version of the 707 prototype. In the 1950s Comet made a beautiful line of small scale aircraft and missile models with colorful boxes. When Comet went out of business, these molds saw action for years with Aurora. This is the one-piece flip up box of the '707 - Dash 80.' And it is a nice kit of the famous prototype, the world's first commercially-successful airliner. Well molded with fine recessed panel lines in 'In-Flight' configuration with stand and prototype decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Kader Boeing 707 BOAC, 1/190, 399

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$42   

From the 1960s. Nicely molded for that time and features very fine raised and some recessed panel line detail, display stand and very colorful and complete decals. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition. Never started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the factory sealed bag; the larger parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete and includes instructions.